BORNEO NATIONAL PARK TOURS

Sebangau National Park Tours

Duration: 04 Days/03 Nights

Grade: Easy


Sebangau National Park is a protected forest which is situated in Central Kalimantan, a province of Indonesia in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo established in 2004. It is centered on Sebangau River, a blackwater river that flows through the Kahayan jungle or Sebangau peat swamp forest, between the Katingan and Kahayan rivers. The peat swamp forest is a dual ecosystem, with diverse tropical trees standing on a 10m – 12m layer of peat – partly decayed and waterlogged plant material – which in turn covers relatively infertile soil. The Sebangau National Park is one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Borneo. The vast national park covering approximately 568,700 hectare is home to over 6,000 orangutans, the largest wild population of this great ape anywhere in the world. Sebangau National Park is also home to the endangered species such as the Malayan sun bear, gibbons, hornbills, clouded leopard, snakes, and many more.


Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PALANGKA RAYA – BUKIT TANGKILING – HOTEL

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. In the peaceful afternoon, we will visit Arboretum Nyaru Menteng to explore the endemic vegetation of peat swamp forest and some wild animals such as; birds, monitor lizards, black leaf monkeys, and other animals that emerge occasionally. Next, we will proceed to Bukit Tangkiling Nature Reserve to hike up the hill to enjoy beautiful view of plain and rivers from the top as well as the romantic sunset outlook. Afterwards, return to the hotel for overnight. (L,D)


Day 02 PALANGKA RAYA – ORANGUTAN ISLAND – SEBANGAU NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will proceed to Tangkiling port for catching our motorized canoe to reach the Orangutan Island while sightseeing the romantic river and rainforest around, just keep an eye out for monkeys and birds.The orangutan island is managed by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) for orangutan rehabilitation before releasing to the wild. We will then driving accross beautiful landscape of peat swamp forest into Kereng Pakahi Port to cross the Katingan River while sightseeing wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, kingfishers, hornbills, long tailed maccaques, etc. Afterwards, proceed to Sebangau National Park through Punggu Alas creek for check in to homestay. In a very dry condition of the creek, we have to trek for about 1,5 hours to reach the homestay at WWF Visitor Centre in Sabangau National Park. In the peaceful evening, we can do a night boating with hope to see nocturnal animals such as birds, snakes, insects, etc. (B,L,D)


Day 03 SEBANGAU NATIONAL PARK – PALANGKA RAYA

After breakfast on the creekside, we will do trekking with ranger into the jungle to explore flora and fauna such as orangutans, monkeys, birds, endemic vegetation, etc. Return to the camp for having lunch and take a rest. In the afternoon, we will check out the homestay and proceed back to Palangka Raya for check in to local hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 04 PALANGKA RAYA – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your flight to next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Motorized boats

Accommodation based on twin share:

02 Nights at local hotel in Palangka Raya

01 Night at home stay in WWF visitor center

Entrance fee, donation & refreshments

English speaking guide

Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)


Excluded:

Airfares

Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

Travel insurance

Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure

Personal expenses



Tanjung Puting National Park Tours

Duration: 05 Days/04 Nights

Grade: Easy


Orangutans, proboscis monkeys, macaques, gibbons, birds, dipterocarps, nipah palms, pandanus, and other exotic flora and fauna live free at their natural kingdom at Tanjung Puting National Park. The park was established in two parts during 1936 and 1937 as a game reserve for protecting orangutans and proboscis monkeys. It had been upgraded into the national park status in 1984 with total area of 300,040 hectares then in 1996 the area was broaden into 415,040 hectares. The reserve is the only protected area in Southeast Asia that conserves vast tracts of wetland, lowland mature tropical heath and swamp forest including several large rookeries where significant population of waterfowl breed. You can do trekking around rehabilitation center for an encounter to home of orangutans and other endemic species of Borneo. In the peaceful afternoon, you can watch proboscis monkeys, birds and other wild animals playing on trees at riverbank while enjoying your afternoon tea in the lazy safari boat. When the night falls, you will be surprised by the twinkle of fireflies featuring the singing of the night birds and other nocturnal animals play a symphony concert of the jungle, while in the first light of morning, you will be waked up by the morning dew and the hurly-burly of diurnal tropical rainforest creatures take their turn to amaze you.


Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PANGKALAN BUN – TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Meet at airport and directly transfer to Kumai village for boarding the houseboat to Tanjung Puting National Park. The houseboat is a traditional wooden river boat with roof forms the upper deck where you can view the rainforest as it glides by. The boat crew including the boatman, cook and expert guide. In the peaceful afternoon, we will slowly explore the quite river by the houseboat while observing the primates along the riverside. Overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge with dining on the boat, with facilities; thin mattress, pillow, fine meals, bottled “mineral” water, mosquito net, kitchen, and simple toilet available on boat besides the familiar helpful guides and boatmen. (L,D)


Day 02 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will board the houseboat for cruising upward the creek to Camp Leakey where the older orangutans are reintroduced into the rainforest. At this station, you will have opportunity to trek into the rainforest with your expert guide and forest rangers to appreciate the flora as well as viewing wild orangutans, gibbons, macaques, and birds. In the afternoon, we will visit the feeding station to see rehabilitated orangutans are given additional foods. We will then sail back down the river and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 03 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Get the morning river safari by houseboat to observe river ecology and wildlife along the riverside. En route, we will stop at Pondok Tanggui Feeding Station to watch rangers feed orangutans, and then we will continue our trip by visiting the Pesalat Station to explore reforestation activities and the famous iron wood as well as other exotic vegetation. Lunch will be served on boat while sighting wild animal activities along the riverside. Next, we will depart to Tanjung Harapan Feeding Station for viewing the feeding process of orangutans. Afterwards, we will proceed to Tanjung Harapan village for sightseeing villagers’ daily activities. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 04 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

Exploring the National Park is never boring. We will observe deeper the swamp rainforest by trekking in other paths that may give you an opportunity to encounter the differences of orangutans either wild or ex-captive as well as other wildlife of the low land tropical rainforest with fascinating atmosphere of the nature itself. Enjoy the natural river view on the way back and overnight on houseboat or Rimba Lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on houseboat. (B,L,D)


Day 05 TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we will get the morning safari to explore wildlife on riverside. Afterwards, proceed to Kumai village to catch the car for driving to Pangkalan Bun airport for your next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Houseboat in Tanjung Puting

Accommodation for 04 Nights at houseboat or Rimba Lodge in Tanjung Puting

Entrance fee, donation & refreshments

English speaking guide

Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)


Excluded:

Airfares

Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

Travel insurance

Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure

Personal expenses



Kutai National Park Tours

Duration: 05 Days/04 Nights

Grade: Easy


In the early 1970’s an area of 300,000 hectares was protected and named as Kutai Game Reserve. This protection did not prevent, because one third of the forest was cut in subsequent years. Trying to prevent a further decline, the Kutai National Park was established in 1982. However, great wood fires destroyed 60% of the protected forests in 1982-1983. Nowadays the forest is recovering and Kutai National Park is certainly worth a visit. The main habitat in the park is primary and secondary tropical rainforest. At the coast, the vegetation consists of mangrove swamp, backed by freshwater swamp. There are several lakes in the reserve, they are; Danau Maau, Santan, Besar and Sirapan, and several species of primate together with more than 80% of the bird species of Borneo live in this national park. This national park is one of the best for Borneo national park tours for exploring orangutans besides Tanjung Puting tours and Sebangau National Park.


Day 01 ARRIVAL IN BALIKPAPAN – BUKIT BANGKIRAI – SAMARINDA

Meet at airport and directly driving to Bukit Bangkirai to trek and climbing the canopy bridge for exploring the rainforest from above. Afterwards, proceed to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. Free at your own leisure.


Day 02 SAMARINDA – KABO VILLAGE – KUTAI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will be driving to Kabo village for starting our Kutai National Park tours by cruising up the river to reach the Prevab camp of Kutai National Park. Next, we will be trekking to the jungle to spot wild orangutans and other wildlife. In the peaceful evening, we will have a night trekking to observe nocturnal animals such as tarantula, insects, birds, and many more. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on research camp or tent. (B,L,D)


Day 03 KUTAI NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, we will be trekking in different trail of the jungle to spot orangutans, monkeys, birds, insects, etc. Return to the camp for having lunch and take a rest. In the afternoon, we will trek again to spot more wild orangutans and other wild animals as well as the various floras of the national park. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


Day 04 KUTAI NATIONAL PARK – SANTAN ULU – SAMARINDA

After breakfast at the camp, we will cruise down the river with hope to see estuary crocodile and probscis monkeys hang around the riverside. Next, driving to Santan Ulu village to observe the equatorial monument. Afterwards, transfer to Samarinda for overnight on hotel. Free at your own leisure. (B,L,D)


Day 05 SAMARINDA – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Motorized boat

Accommodation based on twin share:

02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Samarinda

02 Nights at research camp in Kutai National Park

Entrance fee, donation & refreshments

English speaking guide

Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)


Excluded:

Airfares

Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

Travel insurance

Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure

Personal expenses



Gunung Palung National Park Tours

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Grade: Moderate


The Mount Palung National Park is located in the province of West Kalimantan and comprises an area of 90,000 ha. The site encompasses a broad range of forest habitat ranging from coastal beach and mangrove forest to untouched mountain forests on the slopes of the Gunung Palung (1116 m) and Gunung Panti peaks. Peat and freshwater swamp forest and highly endangered lowland dipterocarp forests ring is the base and lower slopes of the isolated Palung Mountain massive. Potential of natural beauties which make this region has the special attractiveness is the existence of the complete types on ecosystem. In each type of that ecosystem is inhabited by various kinds of wild animal, among them is primate family such as orangutan, gibbon, proboscis monkey, leaf monkey and long tail macaque. These animals are often found on tree’s canopy. Another treasure is the unique flora of this National Park named Black Orchid. The orchid species can live on lowland only, with height 0 -100 meters above sea level, and generally grow in riverbank. Its power of attraction is on the flower form – has green stem, which combined of black pockmarked in the middle of the flower.


Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PONTIANAK

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we can visit the monument of equator. Free at your own leisure. Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan, located precisely on the equator and lies on the delta of Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia.


Day 02 PONTIANAK – KETAPANG – TELUK MELANO

Free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for flight to Ketapang. Arrive at Ketapang and directly drive to Teluk Melano for overnight on simple lodge. (B,L,D)


Day 03 TELUK MELANO – MOUNT PALUNG NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will cruise up the river to Mount Palung National Park through meandering river with beautiful scenery of the rainforest along the riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)


Day 04 MOUNT PALUNG NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, we will be trekking into rainforest of the national park while enjoying fascinating flora and fauna along the track as well as sighting wild orangutan if we are lucky. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)


Day 05 MOUNT PALUNG NATIONAL PARK – TELUK MELANO

We will return to Teluk Melano with the same route. Next, take an afternoon boating excursion to Kampung Baru for exploring proboscis monkey along the trees at riverside. Afterwards, return to Teluk Melano for overnight on simple lodge. (B,L,D)


Day 06 TELUK MELANO – PONTIANAK

After breakfast, we will return to Pontianak by express boat. Lunch and dinner will be served en route and overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 07 DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Motorized boats

Accommodation based on twin share:

02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Pontianak

02 Nights at local hotel in Teluk Melano

02 Nights at bivouac/tent

Entrance fee, donation & refreshments

English speaking guide

Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Tent/bivouac

Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)


Excluded:

Airfares

Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

Travel insurance

Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure

Personal expenses



Kayan Mentarang National Park Tours

Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Grade: Moderate


The Kayan Mentarang National Park is a densely forested national park in the interior of East Borneo of Indonesia, lies at the border with Sarawak State of Malaysia to the west and Sabah State of Malaysia to the north. Its area of 1.38 million hectares is the largest protected area of rainforest in Borneo and one of the largest national parks in Southeast Asia. The area is considered to be one of the world’s 10 biodiversity hotspots. It has also been identified as one of the Global 200 biologically outstanding eco-regions that best represent the world’s biodiversity.

Animals found in the park include the Malayan pangolin, the long-tailed macaque, proboscis monkey, Bornean gibbon, slow loris, tarsier, clouded leopard, marbled cat, flat-headed cat, oriental small-clawed otter, sun bear, hose palm civet, rhinoceros hornbill, helmeted hornbill, bulwer’s pheasant, and the wrinkled hornbill.

The history of the natural landscape of the park is inexorably intertwined with the history of its people. 

Extensive archaeological remains in the form of stone burial occur in the reserve. They date from about three hundred years ago and were used for secondary burial rites. About 21,000 Dayak people live inside or in close proximity of the national park. Roughly half of these people are primarily shifting cultivators and wet-rice farmers, while hunting, fishing, and collecting wild plants as their subsistence needs. Trade in forest products as well as revenues from temporary employment in Malaysia are the principal ways to earn money.


Day 01 ARRIVAL IN TARAKAN

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel for check in. Next, proceed to mangrove forest to explore proboscis monkeys and birds as well as the species of mangroves. Afterwards, return to hotel for overnight.


Day 02 TARAKAN – MALINAU – SETULANG VILLAGE

Breakfast at hotel then driving to the port for cruising upward the Kayan River to Malinau by public speed boat for about 3 hours of which the fresh water dolphins, proboscis monkeys, and birds emerge occasionally along the delta of Sesayap River. Next, proceed to Setulang village by car for overnight on local house. Afterwards, we will explore the unique culture of Dayak Kenyah people such as longhouse, cemetery, granaries, as well as the long ear women if we are lucky. (B,L,D)


Day 03 SETULANG VILLAGE – KAYAN MENTARANG NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at local house, we will cruise upward Setulang River for about 1 hour (depends on current). Next, we will be trekking to CIFOR tree with around 600 CM diameter crossing through tropical rainforest while spotting wild animals, such as: monkeys, hornbills, blue streak kingfishers, etc. Afterwards, we will trek downhill to the riverside for overnight on camp. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)


Day 04 KAYAN MENTARANG NATIONAL PARK

We will be trekking deeper in the pristine jungle for exploring wild flora and fauna of the national park. In the afternoon, we will set our campsite at riverside for dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)


Day 05 KAYAN MENTARANG NATIONAL PARK – SETULANG VILLAGE

After breakfast, we will be trekking through river and primary forest to get our boat. In the afternoon, we will cross downward the river into the village for staying overnight on local house. (B,L,D)


Day 06 SETULANG VILLAGE – MALINAU – TARAKAN

After breakfast at local house, we will drive to the port to catch the speed boat for cruising downward Sesayap River to Tarakan for overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 07 DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel then transfer to airport for your flight to the next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Public speed boat

Motorized boat

Accommodation based on twin share:

02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Tarakan

04 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house

Entrance fee, donation & refreshments

English speaking guide

Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Tent/bivouac

Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)


Excluded:

Airfares

Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

Travel insurance

Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure

Personal expenses



Betung Kerihun & Danau Sentarum National Parks Tours

Duration: 08 Days/07 Nights

Grade: Moderate


Exploring two great national parks on the magnificent island of Borneo in one trip will give you an impressive experience to remember. On this trip, you will be captivated by fascinating nature including landscapes and wildlife as well as the exotic culture of the inhabitant.

Betung Kerihun National Park is hilly and mountainous, with the highest peak of Mt. Kerihun (1,790 m ASL). The park largely consists of two eco regions, Borneo Montane Rainforests, which covers about 2/3 of the area, and Borneo lowland rainforest. In the lowland forest, the dominant emergent tree is dipterocarp species, which are replaced at higher altitude by oaks and chestnut trees. The fauna of the park is diverse, with 300 species of bird (25 endemic to Borneo), 162 fish species and at least 54 species of mammal. The park is home to the endangered Bornean orangutan and seven other primate species.

Danau Sentarum National Park has about 120 species of fish. Among them are the Asian bony tongue, toman, betutu, jelawat, belida, ketutung, and the beautiful clown loach. Other animals like proboscis monkey, orangutan, estuarine crocodile, siamese crocodile, clouded leopard, great argus pheasant, false gavial, and wooly-necked stork also inhabit this national park.


Day 01 ARRIVAL IN PONTIANAK

Meet at airport and directly transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we can visit the monument of equator. Free at your own leisure. Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan, located precisely on the equator and lies on the delta of Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia.


Day 02 PONTIANAK – PUTUSSIBAU

Free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for flight to Putussibau. Arrive at Putussibau and directly transfer to local hotel. In the afternoon, you can explore the town and local market nearby the hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 03 PUTUSSIBAU – BETUNG KERIHUN NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at hotel, we will drive to the north to Mataso village crossing jungle and Dayak Iban villages with their longhouse. The road is relatively in good condition. Arrive in Mataso and wrapping our stuff with waterproof tarp and then cruising up the Embaloh river cross under the canopy while spotting wildlife such as monkeys, wild pigs, sambar deer, and birds on riverside. Afterwards, we will set our campsite on the riverside. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)


Day 04 BETUNG KERIHUN NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will proceed to explore the Betung Kerihun National Park by trekking into the primary rainforest crossing rivers, hills and spotting wild animals that is occasionally hanging around the forest. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on bivouac/tent. (B,L,D)


Day 05 BETUNG KERIHUN NATIONAL PARK – DANAU SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, cruising downward the Embaloh River and directly transfer to Lanjak town by car then continue our trip by boat to Tekenang village on the area of Danau Sentarum National Park. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight on the lodge. In late afternoon, we can climb the hill to view wonderful sunset of the lake from the highest point. (B,L,D)


Day 06 DANAU SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK – SINTANG

In the morning, we will cruising the lake to explore wildlife, wetland, and fishermen livelihood. Next, we will cruise the lake into Kapuas River to Semitau village to catch our car for driving to Sintang town and check in to local hotel. Lunch and dinner will be served en route and overnight on hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 07 SINTANG – PONTIANAK

After breakfast, we will depart to Pontianak by executive bus takes about 8 hours. Arrive in Pontianak and directly check in to hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 08 DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel and free at your own leisure till the proper time for transferring to airport for your next destination. (B)


Included:

AC land transportation

Motorized boats

Accommodation based on twin share:

02 Nights at 3 stars hotel in Pontianak

01 Night at local hotel in Putussibau

03 Nights at bivouac/tent/local house

01 Nights at lodge in Danau Sentarum National Park

Entrance fee, donation & refreshments

English speaking guide

Meals as stated on program, indicated as (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner)

Tent/bivouac

Porters on trekking (only carrying supply)


Excluded:

Airfares

Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

Travel insurance

Expenses incurred due to Force Majeure

Personal expenses

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